2019 Robin Badgley Memorial Student Award Recipients



AndreaThis year’s winners of the 2019 Robin Badgley Memorial Student Award is Andrea Polonijo! 

The 2019 Robin Badgley Memorial Student Award was presented to Andrea Polonijo for her paper “Social Inequalities in the Diffusio of Health Promoting Innovations: Evaluating the Impact of Mandates on Human Papillomavirus Vaccination.” 

Andrea is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Social Medicine, Population, & Public Health at the University of California, Riverside. Trained in medical sociology and public health, she studies how social factors such as income, education, race-ethnicity, and sexual orientation influence health behaviors and health outcomes.

Her current research focuses on social inequalities in vaccination, in local, national, and international contexts. She is leading two pilot studies in California’s Inland Empire. The first study aims to develop and evaluate a community-based intervention that bundles HPV and meningitis vaccination with rapid HIV testing. The second study aims to identify barriers and facilitators to HPV vaccination among adults aged 27–45, who are newly eligible for the vaccine. At the national level, she is leading a quantitative survey of US adults to examine the association between prosocial attitudes and social inequalities in vaccination. She is also collaborating on an international project that examines how family- and community-level socioeconomic status shape childhood vaccination in Denmark.


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